Windows Live Writer – Best Desktop Blogging Client

Writer_OverviewBeach_Graphic Want to save time logging into wordpress dashboard every time you need to write a new post? Windows Live Writer is arguably the best Desktop Blogging Client according to me. It saves you lot of time and also offers maximum features available to any desktop blogging client. What’s more – it even supports WordPress 2.3 Tagging System too by default. Only difference is that Tags are shown as Keywords in Windows Live Writer.

Features of Windows Live Writer 2008:

  • Multiple Platform Support – Supports WordPress, WordPress.com, Blogger, LiveJournal, Windows Live Spaces, TypePad, All Blogs that support RSD(Really Simple Discoverability), MetaWeblog API, Moveable Type API, Community Server, PBlogs.gr, JournalHome
  • Windows Live Writer introduces the Provider Customization API that enables both rich customization of Windows Live Writer’s behavior as well as the opportunity to add new functionality to the product. Currently Windows Live Spaces, WordPress, and TypePad have all taken advantage of this API to expose additional service-specific features within Windows Live Writer.
  • Windows Live Writer is available in 34 different languages.
  • New Authoring Capabilities such as inline spell checking, table editing, ability to add categories, page authoring for WordPress and TypePad, support for excerpts and extended entries, improved hyperlinking and image insertion, and a new “Paste Special” function
  • Improved Integration including SharePoint 2007 support, new APIs enabling custom extensions by weblog providers, automatic synchronization of local and online edits, integration with Windows Live Gallery, and support for “Blogger Labels”
  • Insert and upload Images, Maps, Tables. Supports PicasaWeb and Flickr
  • WordPress specific features – Future time your posts, 2.3 Tags(Keywords in WLW), Password to posts, Post Author, Page Editing
  • Inline Spell Checker
  • Supports Plugins (Check Windows Live Gallery, Windows Live Writer Plugins for plugins)

Download Windows Live Writer 2008

17 Comments


  1. I use WLW with my website as well. It works fine.


  2. i will like to give it a try…i never used such client before


  3. The only thing that stopping me from from using Windows Live Writer is table support.

    There is no easy way to create table (point , select how many cells and click) like MS Frontpage

    It is probably just me. Most bloggers do not need to draw tables in their blogs.


  4. I’m going to give it a try, thanks for your review. :)


  5. Used it for a while. It has some bugs. Still don’t know how to post pages in WLW. But for posts it’s ok.


    1. @Dm1t: Latest version of WLW supports Page Creation. Select New>>Page for creating page in your wordpress blog.


  6. I’ve used Post2Blog for a while ago. WLW seems an interesting alternative :grin:



  7. It seems interesting, I will give it try. Thanks for this info :smile:

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  8. I’ve just installed wordpress so I will give this application a go, with the description, it looks as though, it will save me time. :cool:


  9. it’s good ms is giving it away for free. if not i will stick with wordress basic login :)

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  10. Nice.. I am using Post2Blog(with Office 2007 extension) right now but I will surely try this.
    (Navjot bhiya, seems you are again full of good ideas.. I am enjoying reading your blog again).
    Keep up the work.

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  11. I love this software – I gotta admit. It saves me a heap of time and effort. But I do have some concern – I do need to start upgrading a few of my blogs soon and am worried it is going to break.

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  12. WLW does not support OSes based on the NT platform

    so for my Windows server 2003 i have to use Post2blog

    though they have discontinued support, it till is a good offline blog editor

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  13. Windows Live Writer doesn’t run on my Microsoft Windows Home Edition and that is one of it’s disadvantages. At work on WinXp Professional everything runs smooth.
    By the way, you mention only WordPress 2.3, and how about recent WordPress 2.5? Is it supported?

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  14. Bhumika » Nope…WLW’s latest version supports WordPress 2.3 Tags also. Just use Keywords field in it. Keywords(in WLW) means Tags in WordPress 2.3 and Categories as usual for categories.

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